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Cubs promote prospect Kris Bryant to Triple-A

Jun 18, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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It’s not quite a promotion to the big leagues, but the Cubs have moved up stud third base prospect Kris Bryant from Double-A to Triple-A after he hit .355 with 22 homers, 20 doubles, and a 1.160 OPS in 68 first-half games.

As recently as a couple weeks ago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the team planned to keep Bryant at Double-A for most and perhaps even all of this season despite his destruction of Southern League pitchers, but those plans have changed. Fittingly, his final act at Double-A was winning the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game Tuesday night.

Bryant was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft after putting up incredible power numbers at the University of San Diego and through 104 professional games he’s hit .348 with 31 homers, 34 doubles, and a 1.132 OPS. If he continues to dominate at Triple-A it’ll be hard for the Cubs to avoid calling the 22-year-old up by September at the latest.

  1. sleepyirv - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Double-A (and soon Triple-A) pitchers are more than willing to make up the difference the Cubs lose on starting Bryant’s arbitration clock.

  2. amvanier - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Love to see well-deserved promotion. Currently blogging about the struggle to get there from a girlfriend’s perspective, and hoping my love for writing can somehow bring light to our situation. So much great talent out there!

  3. Bar None - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Cubs have back to back picks making quick work of the minors. Schwarber destroyed opposing pitching in his 5 games a Short Season A (Boise). 12-20 (.600) with 1/3 of those hits being HRs. 7R and 10 RBI 1.975 OPS.

    I think the Cubs are doing better in the draft, hopefully it holds up.

  4. kmlittle73 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    You realize that Kris Bryant is not on the 40 man roster yet. They won’t bring him up this year as 40 man roster spots are precious commodities.

    • captainloaded - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Kris Bryant can’t do any worse than Mike Olt in a major league uniform. Yes, Olt does have 10 home runs but the .153 batting average and .373 slugging percentage are less than desirable.

      • wjarvis - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Not saying Olt will definitely be able to turn it around but Rizzo had a .141/.281/.242 in the 49 games (153 PA) when he came up with the Padres which isn’t that far off from where Olt is now. Olt has much better power than Rizzo, but also is striking out every 2.7 plate appearances and is 4 years older than Rizzo was at the time. I’d still like to see Olt be given a chance to play everyday for a few weeks before they give up on him. He needs to be getting at bats everyday, which is going to be more difficult now that they aren’t going to do it on the Cubs and Bryant will be given the playing time in Iowa.

  5. tn16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    True power hitting third base prospect, defense is something that the cubs will lose but his bat will more then make up for that.

  6. wjarvis - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I hope that he continues to dominate at AAA, but a call up to Cubs isn’t going to come soon, I think the start of next year would be the earliest and even that is probably too early. There is no incentive for the Cubs to bring him up this year. If he excels, it just means he become more expensive sooner, and they’ll have a worse draft pick next year. I think Cubs will tell us he’s striking out too much (26% of PA and 2nd most in the southern league this year) and that they want to give him some time in the outfield where he still could end up long term.

  7. yahmule - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I pity the pitchers in that league.

  8. apeville - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Loved watching him play here in Tennessee- he looks like the real deal.

    Should have had him autograph something- like his foul ball I GAVE TO THAT LITTLE KID WHO THEN GAVE IT TO HIS DAD!

    Sorry about that outburst.

  9. kastout11 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    He was tearing up AA pitching, not the pitching he will see in the show. I wish nothing more that the Cubs to have success and it appears that they have a really solid core of young players (Baez,Bryant, Castro and Rizzo). That is one heck of an infield, assuming they live up to what people think they will. The future, forgive me for being positive, looks really bright for the Cubs. Now they need to figure out what they will do with JS and they need to solve their pitching. I think the offense will be fine.

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